Video Game Music of the Week - 290

Metal Slug 4 (Arcade)


Let's Run Through!, Secret Place, The Scene Of A Hard Battle, Furiously

Toshikazu Tanaka

Metal Slug 4 features much of the same general gameplay as its predecessors, but with the inclusion of new vehicles, weapons and a bonus combo system. The game released in 2002, two years after the previous entry.

Let's Run Through!
This is the first stage theme in Metal Slug 4. The 'Rock' style remains a very major part of the series' music, with the games soundtrack maintaining this sound. The track also features some minor electronic sounds.

Secret Place
This is the final stage theme track. The song itself is a very intense theme, that feels like it's constantly building up to something important.

The Scene Of A Hard Battle
This is the games standard Boss Theme. It's another rock theme, with a funky bass line and a very notable guitar riff. It also features a violin melody near the middle of the track and some creative percussions.

This is another of the games Boss Themes. This version is slightly more intense and darker. The track features a both a chilling and funky piano melody that helps to define the songs character.

Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.


Video Game Music of the Week - 289

Metal Slug 3 (Arcade)


Marine Diver, Hard Water, Desert, Into The Cosmos

Takushi Hiyamuta
Yoshihiko Wada
Rich Horiuchi

Metal Slug 3 released in 2000 and follows the same general traditions introduced in the previous two games. It introduced branching paths to the series.

Marine Diver
This track plays when the player makes it to the secret submarine path of the first mission. The bass introduces the heavy, yet slow theme, but its the tracks guitar riffs that make it stand out.

Hard Water
This track is yet another theme that plays during a secret submarine area, this time for the third mission. It also had a very heavy, yet slow style to it.

This track is the main theme to mission four. It has a very heavy metal opening guitar rhythm that remains throughout most of the song. It also features Arabian style elements in combination with the heavy sound.

Into The Cosmos
Of all the games heavy themes, this one has an immediate sense of raw power with its rapid power chords and overall intense speed.

Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.


Video Game Music of the Week - 288

Mario Kart 8 (Wii U, Switch)


Main Title, Toad Harbor, Final Results, Dolphin Shoals, Shy Guy Falls

Atsuko Asahi
Shiho Fujii
Ryo Nagamatsu
Yasuaki Iwata

Mario Kart 8 released on the Nintendo Wii U in 2014 and has recently released on the Nintendo Switch as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The game is the best-selling Wii U game to date and features the most tracks and playable characters thanks to its inclusion of downloadable content.

Main Title
The introductory track to
Mario Kart 8 features an extremely diverse array of instruments and various sounds. The song also features a new version of the melody from the original Super Mario Kart for the Super Nintendo.

Toad Harbor
Toad Harbor is the second race track from the second cup, the Flower Cup. It has a sunny, waterside town theming to the stage and the background music features a very breezy and clean guitar melody.

Final Results
This track plays at the end of each race, when the rankings are displayed and when the player has placed in the top 6. It has a very funky and lively backing with its jump piano notes, slap bass and slick percussions.

Dolphin Shoals
This track is another water themed stage. The background music's most notable aspect is easily the saxophone solo that plays throughout the theme.

Shy Guy Falls
Shy Guy Falls features an almost old-Western style feel to it that plays at a fairly fast pace. The stage itself is a wild race track that takes you over large ravines and down rapid waterfalls.

Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.


Video Game Music of the Week - 287

Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo 3DS)


Title Theme, Toad Circuit, Rock Rock Mountain, Sherbet Rink

Kenta Nagata
Satomi Terui

Mario Kart 7 released on the Nintendo 3DS in 2011 and was the first game to feature the Hang Glider mechanic, Underwater driving, customisable vehicles and a first-person driving mode.

Title Theme
Mario Kart games feature a rather extravagant title theme or main theme that often follow a similar big-band style. The horns are easily the most prominent part of the track, with the piano section being a close second.

Toad Circuit
This chilled theme is a perfect accompaniment to both the first race track in the game and the simplified setting of this same race track.

Rock Rock Mountain
This theme, as you can surmise, is the games most rock-centric theme, working as a pun for the rocky mountain area. The distorted guitar shines in this theme, with its minor heavier elements.

Sherbet Rink
This theme song is such a fun and quirky theme that plays during one of the battle mode stages. The battle mode stages all feature a similar melody, but with unique flourishes that set them apart from each other.

Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.